Perceived stress and daily well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak: The moderating role of age

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Abstract

Objectives: Older adults are considered one of the most vulnerable groups to COVID-19. However, previous studies on emotion and aging have found that older adults report better wellbeing than younger adults in global surveys and daily reports. To better understand older adults’ wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, we examined age differences in daily affective experiences in this study.
Methods: Two hundred and thirty-one participants from mainland China aged 18 to 85 were recruited to participate in the 14-day daily diary study, after a pretest. Their trait affect and demographic information were measured in the pretest. Their daily affect and stress levels were measured in the daily assessments.
Results: I found that older adults reported lower perceived stress related to COVID-19 in daily life, compared to younger adults. The negative relationship between daily perceived stress and high arousal positive affect and the positive relationship between daily perceived stress and high arousal negative affect was weaker in older than younger adults.
Discussion: These results provide initial evidence of daily affective wellbeing across different age groups in adulthood during the COVID-19 outbreak. Such information is important for developing interventions to promote better wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Copyright © 2020 Jiang.
Original languageEnglish
Article number571873
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume11
Early online date12 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Citation

Jiang, D. (2020). Perceived stress and daily well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak: The moderating role of age. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.571873

Keywords

  • Affective experiences
  • Perceived stress
  • Age
  • Daily diary
  • COVID-19

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